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February 2017
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AJAM Student Duo

February 20 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Doubletree Hilton Portland,
1000 NE Multnomah St
Portland, OR 97232 United States
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The Alan Jones Academy of Music or “AJAM,” is a unique music education system. It’s a place where dedicated people have the opportunity to learn not just about music, but also what it means to develop as a creative human being. Founded in 2007 by Drummer, Composer and Berklee alumni Alan Jones, AJAM sets itself apart with program offerings designed to engage and follow musicians from youth through the end of their days, and in the process build a strong foundation of knowledge based on the pillars of rhythm, melody, harmony and tone. AJAM provides an environment for students to take both weekly private lessons AND play in an ensemble. Those that take advantage of this multi-dimensional approach progress exponentially in their musicality, and are able to use the theoretical and practical studies learned in their private lessons immediately in a real world ensemble setting. The back and forth blending of weekly…

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$30 - $35

SOLD OUT!: Ralph Towner Solo w/ Anja Lechner & Francois Couturier

February 20 | 7:00 pm
The Old Church,
1422 SW 11th Ave.
Portland, OR 97201 United States
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NOTE: Date Change. Show is now taking place on Monday, February 20 instead of Tuesday, February 21. All tickets previously purchased will be honored.  Musical innovation is no easy feat. It not only requires an innate talent, but also a devotion to the art that is not blinded by the commercial glare of popular culture. Ralph Towner is such an innovator on the modern musical landscape, his ideas ever fresh, though they span a career of more than 30 years. Best known as the lead composer, guitarist, and keyboardist for the enduring ensemble Oregon. Towner has also had a rich and varied solo career that has seen fruitful and memorable musical excursions with such great modern musicians as John Abercrombie, Jack DeJohnette, Larry Coryell, Keith Jarrett, Jan Garbarek, Gary Peacock and Weather Report. Towner’s working relationship with producer Manfred Eicher of ECM Records began in 1972 and would provide a forum for his…

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$20 - $25

Andrei Kitaev

February 20 | 7:00 pm
Classic Pianos,
3003 SE Milwaukie Ave.
Portland, OR 97202 United States
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Andrei Kitaev is a Russian born jazz pianist who Ahmad Jamal once remarked “deserves to be heard at the best concert halls in the world.” Many musicians and listeners, both local and around the world, consider Kitaev an unsung musical genius with the thirst for the musical expression only jazz can offer with a penchant to explore, develop, and present one’s soul on the ivories of the piano. Kitaev started his formal classical piano training at the early age of six under the tutelage of his aunt, a famous concert pianist in Moscow. However, Andrei’s love affair with jazz led him to cross over from the rigors and commitment of the classical world to the ever-expanding universe of jazz piano which eventually brought him to the US. Over the years, he has performed alongside Elvin Jones, Lou Rawls, Arturo Sandoval, Freddie Hubbard, Eddie Gomez, John Clayton and Dean Martin, and now Kitaev holds the…

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Paul Mazzio: In the Spirit of Dizzy

February 20 | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Al’s Den,
303 SW 12th Ave
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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Part of the “Dizzy’s Den at Al’s Den” series.

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$20 - $25

Ezra Weiss & The Monday Night Big Band

February 20 | 7:30 pm
Lola’s Room,
1332 W Burnside St
Portland, 97205
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Ezra Weiss is a critically acclaimed Portland-based composer/pianist who has released six albums as a bandleader. Ezra has composed and/or arranged music for Billy Hart, Thara Memory, Leon Lee Dorsey, Stan Bock, and Renato Caranto, among others, and has performed with Billy Hart, Greg Bandy, Michael Philip Mossman, Antonio Hart, Thara Memory, Renato Caranto, and Dennis Rowland. He has led bands in many of the U.S.’s greatest jazz clubs including Dizzys Club Coca-Cola, Smalls, and Tonic in NYC; The Triple Door in Seattle; Jimmy Mak’s in Portland; and the Catalina Bar and Grill in Los Angeles, to name a few. Ezra has also composed music and lyrics to three children’s musicals, two of which were honored by TalkinBroadway.com as among the Top 10 Cast Albums in 2009 and 2013, plus he has been the winner of the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award three times. For this year’s Festival, Ezra will lead his Monday Night Big…

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PSU Student Duos

February 21 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
University Place Hotel,
310 SW Lincoln Street
Portland, 97201 United States
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Over the past five years, Portland State University has developed a nationally recognized program in Jazz & Contemporary Voice! The young vocalists in the program have been featured in tv commercials, multiple live performances and last year, became the first jazz students in PSU’s history to be named finalists to the Monterey Jazz Festival ‘Next Generation’ Competition. Because of the unique relationship with PDX Jazz, each year a select group of these students are featured at the Portland Jazz Festival in one of musics most compelling and intimate settings, the piano/voice duo.  

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$25 - $30

SOLD OUT!: Alan Jones Sextet (Early Show)

February 21 | 7:00 pm
Fremont Theater,
2393 NE Fremont Street
Portland, 97212
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NOTE: Show is now taking place at The Fremont Theater. All tickets previously purchased for this performance at Jimmy Mak’s will be honored.  Celebrating Buddy Rich’s 100th birthday means a celebration of the drummer’s overt, exciting style and also his boundless energy. There’s no one better to execute that plan than Portland native Alan Jones. Known for his frequent touring in the US and Europe with jazz heavyweights such as Cecil Taylor, Randy Brecker, Esperanza Spalding, John Abercrombie, Ralph Towner and countless others, as well as his dedicated education of the upcoming generation of jazz through the AJAM music academy, Alan has put together an evening of music arranged for his own sextet plus three of Portland’s most important and significant drummers: Mel Brown, the undisputed godfather of Portland jazz; Chris Brown, active band leader and next generation jazz ambassador; and Carlton Jackson, celebrated multi-genre drummer, vmusic historian and influential KMHD radio host. The…

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Levis Dragulin & Noah Simpson: “Chet Baker vs Dizzy Gillespie”

February 21 | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Al’s Den,
303 SW 12th Ave
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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Part of the “Dizzy’s Den at Al’s Den” series.

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$5 - $15

Peter Evans & The Gamble/Jones/Johnedis/Bernstein Quartet

February 21 | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Beacon Sound,
3626 N. Mississippi Avenue
Portland, OR 97227 United States
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Peter Evans is a trumpet player, and improviser/composer based in New York City since 2003. Evans is part of a broad, hybridized scene of musical experimentation and his work cuts across a wide range of modern musical practices and traditions. Peter is committed to the simultaneously self-determining and collaborative nature of musical improvisation as a compositional tool, and works with an ever-expanding group of musicians and composers in the creation of new music. His primary groups as a leader are the Peter Evans Quintet and the Zebulon trio. In addition, Evans has been performing and recording solo trumpet music since 2002 and is widely recognized as a leading voice in the field, having released several recordings over the past decade. He is a member of the cooperative groups Pulverize the Sound (with Mike Pride and Tim Dahl) and Rocket Science (with Evan Parker, Craig Taborn and Sam Pluta) and is…

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$20 - $25

Alan Jones Sextet (Late Show)

February 21 | 9:30 pm
Fremont Theater,
2393 NE Fremont Street
Portland, 97212
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NOTE: Show is now taking place at The Fremont Theater. All tickets previously purchased for this performance at Jimmy Mak’s will be honored.  Celebrating Buddy Rich’s 100th birthday means a celebration of the drummer’s overt, exciting style and also his boundless energy. There’s no one better to execute that plan than Portland native Alan Jones. Known for his frequent touring in the US and Europe with jazz heavyweights such as Cecil Taylor, Randy Brecker, Esperanza Spalding, John Abercrombie, Ralph Towner and countless others, as well as his dedicated education of the upcoming generation of jazz through the AJAM music academy, Alan has put together an evening of music arranged for his own sextet plus three of Portland’s most important and significant drummers: Mel Brown, the undisputed godfather of Portland jazz; Chris Brown, active band leader and next generation jazz ambassador; and Carlton Jackson, celebrated multi-genre drummer, vmusic historian and influential KMHD radio host. The…

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PSU Student Duos

February 22 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
University Place Hotel,
310 SW Lincoln Street
Portland, 97201 United States
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Over the past five years, Portland State University has developed a nationally recognized program in Jazz & Contemporary Voice! The young vocalists in the program have been featured in tv commercials, multiple live performances and last year, became the first jazz students in PSU’s history to be named finalists to the Monterey Jazz Festival ‘Next Generation’ Competition. Because of the unique relationship with PDX Jazz, each year a select group of these students are featured at the Portland Jazz Festival in one of musics most compelling and intimate settings, the piano/voice duo.  

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$19 - $49

Mel Brown Big Band & Jon Faddis w/ Jimmy Mak All Stars

February 22 | 7:30 pm
Revolution Hall,
1300 SE Stark Street
Portland, OR 97214 United States
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This year’s Portland Jazz Master Mel Brown has been called “The Gentleman of Jazz,” “The Fuller Brush Man,” and “The Godfather of Jazz.” Regardless of nicknames, he is a premier drummer whose career has spanned over five decades. Mel’s career on the road began with organist/singer Earl Grant in 1965. Afterwards, he journeyed to Motown Records where he played drums on hit records by Martha and the Vandellas, The Temptations, The Supremes, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, and Marvin Gaye. He later moved onto jazz, playing with Leroy Vinegar, Teddy Edwards, Richie Cole, Marlena Shaw,  Mary Stallings, Jessica Williams, Gene Harris, “Sweets” Harry Edison, Ray Brown, Joey de Francesco, to name a few. Brown is the dean amongst the drumming community in Portland, currently performing in five bands that have been gigging weekly for the last 10 years. Brown will debut his own big band featuring Portland’s finest musicians in a world premiere, joined by renowned…

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$20 - $25

Bridgetown Sextet

February 22 | 7:30 pm
Mission Theater,
1624 NW Glisan St
Portland, 97209
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Over the past decade, Portland’s own Bridgetown Sextet has become a pillar of the Pacific Northwest’s robust vintage hot jazz and blues scene. The ensemble performs authentic, energetic roots jazz from the 1920s, 30s and 40s, with a sound evoking Creole New Orleans, the stomp of prohibition-era Chicago, and the tight swing of depression-era Manhattan. The group recaptures the combustible feel of these early jazz innovations with a unique, original sound that moves beyond the tenets of preservationism. While the band’s most recent disc, 2015’s Stomp Defined, stands as a quintessential representation for the vintage jazz and swing renaissance exploding across the globe, the Sextet’s live show is where they truly glow, full of astounding precision and impeccable musical timing that must be seen to be believed. This Festival appearance marks the return of the groups’ founder Andrew Oliver, who now resides in London. “If you want to get a feel for what the Land…

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Dick Titterington & Randy Porter: The John Birks Society

February 22 | 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Al’s Den,
303 SW 12th Ave
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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Thomas Barber Quintet: Barber Does Dizzy

February 23 | 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Al’s Den,
303 SW 12th Ave
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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PCJE’s Student Composers Showcase

February 23 | 12:00 pm
Portland City Hall Atrium,
1221 SW 4th Avenue
Portland, OR United States
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The Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble performs works by three student composers in a special free concert at Portland City Hall Atrium. The student composers, or “grasshoppers,” involved in this ambitious project come from two Portland metro area high schools, and from Portland Community College. With their professional mentors— PSU Jazz professor emeritus Charley Gray, Portland Youth Jazz Orchestra Co-Director Michelle Medler, and Mt. Hood Community College jazz instructor Ryan Meagher—each student has composed a new piece for the PJCE. All of these students have composed before, but not for a large professional ensemble, and the opportunity to do so represents a unique and monumental education opportunity. It’s a rare opportunity for the composers and listeners alike. www.pjce.org

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$20 - $25

Bill Mays: Front Row Seat

February 23 | 7:00 pm
Classic Pianos,
3003 SE Milwaukie Ave.
Portland, OR 97202 United States
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Bill Mays is a jazz pianist hailing from Sacramento, California. From 1969 to the early 1980s, Mays worked as a studio session musician in Los Angeles. He has been an accompanist to singers Al Jarreau, Peggy Lee, Anita O’Day, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan and Dionne Warwick, and he has also worked with artists such as Don Ellis, Mel Lewis, Bob Mintzer, Ron Carter, Maria Schneider, Gerry Mulligan, Art Pepper, Bud Shank, Sonny Stitt, Lalo Schifrin and Frank Zappa among many others. In 1984, he moved to New York City and began to do more work as a bandleader, composer, and arranger. He has recorded over two dozen albums under his own name, and has been heard on hundreds more by others. Mays will be appearing at the 2017 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival in support of his new solo piano double-CD set, Front Row Seat, a collection of intricate and sparkling interpretations of…

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PSU Faculty, Students & Alumni Jazz Concert

February 23 | 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
PSU’s Lincoln Hall,
1620 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR United States
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$29 - $59

Roy Ayers: The Godfather of Neo-Soul

February 23 | 7:30 pm
Revolution Hall,
1300 SE Stark Street
Portland, OR 97214 United States
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Roy Ayers is an American funk, soul, jazz composer and vibraphone player as well as one of the most influential living musical artists of our time. A disciple of the late, great Bobby Hutcherson, Ayers began his career as a post-bop jazz artist, releasing several albums with Atlantic Records before his tenure at Polydor Records beginning in the 1970s, during which he helped pioneer jazz-funk. Over the years, Ayers has also dabbled in jazz fusion, disco, R&B, and house music, making him a true jack of all musical trades. He is also a key figure in acid jazz movement, a musical movement melding jazz into hip-hop and funk, and he has been dubbed by many as “The Godfather of Neo-Soul.” Along the way, Ayers has played and recorded with artists as diverse as Chico Hamilton, Rick James, Fela Kuti and Talib Kweli. He is most well known for his signature compositions “Everybody…

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$25 - $30

Craig Taborn Quartet: Keyboard Misterioso

February 23 | 7:30 pm
The Old Church,
1422 SW 11th Ave.
Portland, OR 97201 United States
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NOTE: Show is now a single general admission performance at The Old Church. All tickets previously purchased for both the early and late shows will be honored.  Pianist, organist, keyboardist and composer Craig Taborn has become a mainstay on the renowned jazz label ECM Records. Taborn has a range of styles, and often adapts his playing to the nature of the instrument and the sounds that he can make it produce.  He started playing piano and Moog synthesizer as an adolescent and was influenced at an early stage by a wide range of musical styles, most significantly by recordings of free jazz and contemporary classical music. To this date, Taborn has released six albums under his own name and appeared on more than 80 as a sideman including collaborations with Roscoe Mitchell, Dave Douglas, David Torn, Drew Gress, Evan Parker, Christian McBride and Dave Holland.  In 2011, DownBeat chose Taborn as winner of the Electric Keyboard…

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David Kim Trio

February 23 | 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Altabira at The Eastlund,
1021 NE Grand Avenue #600
Portland, OR 97232 United States
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Pianist David Kim was born and raised in Portland, Oregon.  At 16, he was featured as a soloist with the Oregon Symphony. Since then, Jazz became his passion which subsequently led to performance opportunities with Noel Jewkes, Charles McPherson and Ron Steen among others. David continues perform around the Portland area with David Watson’s Re-Birthing The Cool: Bebop & Beyond.

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Michael Raynor Quartet

February 23 | 9:00 pm - February 24 | 12:00 am
The 1905,
830 N Shaver Street
Portland, OR 97227 United States
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Drummer Michael Raynor splits his time between Portland and Chicago, where he spent more than twenty years playing with tenor sax icon and NEA Jazz Master, Von Freeman. Raynor has toured with vocalist Kurt Elling and can be heard on two of his Grammy nominated recordings, including “Live in Chicago,” featuring Jon Hendricks. He has also worked with Freddie Hubbard, Eric Alexander, Johnny Griffin, Jon Faddis, Bobby Broom, Fareed Haque, Steve Coleman, and Bob Sheppard, among others. In addition to playing festivals throughout Europe and North America, Raynor has co-led tours in both Asia and Africa as a United States Jazz Ambassador. He can be heard around Portland with his own groups as well as with Dan Balmer, Chuck Israels, George Colligan, and vocalist Nancy King.

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John Beasley: Jazz Conversation

February 24 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
PSU’s Lincoln Hall,
1620 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR United States
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With Martin Mueller at PSU’s Lincoln Hall #75.

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AJAM Student Duo

February 24 | 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Doubletree Hilton Portland,
1000 NE Multnomah St
Portland, OR 97232 United States
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The Alan Jones Academy of Music or “AJAM,” is a unique music education system. It’s a place where dedicated people have the opportunity to learn not just about music, but also what it means to develop as a creative human being. Founded in 2007 by Drummer, Composer and Berklee alumni Alan Jones, AJAM sets itself apart with program offerings designed to engage and follow musicians from youth through the end of their days, and in the process build a strong foundation of knowledge based on the pillars of rhythm, melody, harmony and tone. AJAM provides an environment for students to take both weekly private lessons AND play in an ensemble. Those that take advantage of this multi-dimensional approach progress exponentially in their musicality, and are able to use the theoretical and practical studies learned in their private lessons immediately in a real world ensemble setting. The back and forth blending of weekly…

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Charlie Porter Quintet: “Dizzy Atmosphere”

February 24 | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Al’s Den,
303 SW 12th Ave
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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Part of the “Dizzy’s Den at Al’s Den” series.

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Dan Balmer Trio

February 24 | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Aloft Portland Airport at Cascades Station,
9920 NE Cascades Pkwy
Portland, OR 97220 United States
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Dan Balmer is one of only five people to be members of both The Oregon Music Hall of Fame and the Jazz Society of Oregon Hall of Fame. Go By Plane is a collaboration of Portland-based musicians Balmer, keyboardist Clay Giberson and drummer Micah Kassell who play a self-described style of “space age jazz fusion” that incorporates elements of modern jazz and rock that flows but with a restrained intensity – a very tasty brew that will certainly engage your ears and mind. www.danbalmer.com

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$29 - $59

John Scofield: Country for Old Men

February 24 | 7:30 pm
Revolution Hall,
1300 SE Stark Street
Portland, OR 97214 United States
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Grammy® Award-winner John Scofield’s influence on guitar has become a mainstay since the mid-70s when he burst on the scene playing with greats like Charles Mingus, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and Billy Cobham. With his masterful improvisation abilities and diverse sound, Scofield has never lost the skill to continuously push the boundaries of his instrument. Over the years he has honed and explored a variety of musical territory with jazz as its core.  Scofield has recorded over 30 albums as a leader and tours continually throughout the year, leading his own groups as well as select all-star projects.  Following a sold out performance at the 2016 Biamp PDX Jazz Festival with Joe Lovano, Scofield returns to Portland in support of his two-time Grammy® Award-winnning album on Impulse! Records, Country for Old Men, wherein the guitarist focuses on jazz interpretations of classic American country and western tunes ranging from Hank Williams and Dolly Parton to…

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$25 - $30

Aaron Parks Trio (Early Show)

February 24 | 7:30 pm
Fremont Theater,
2393 NE Fremont Street
Portland, 97212
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NOTE: Show is now taking place at The Fremont Theater. All tickets previously purchased for this performance at Jimmy Mak’s will be honored.  Aaron Parks is a jazz piano virtuoso and rising young star from Seattle, Washington. Parks studied at the University of Washington at the age of 14 as a double major in computer science and music. At 15 he was selected to participate in the GRAMMY® High School Jazz Ensembles which inspired him to move to New York City and transfer to the Manhattan School of Music. During his final year he began touring with Terence Blanchard’s band, recording three albums with him for Blue Note Records, including the Grammy® Award-winning A Tale of God’s Will (A Requiem for Katrina). Parks has also toured with Kurt Rosenwinkel, plus he has recorded seven albums as a bandleader and dozens of credits as a sideman. He is also a member of James Farm,…

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$15 - $20

Grasshoppers 2017

February 24 | 7:30 pm
The Old Church,
1422 SW 11th Ave.
Portland, OR 97201 United States
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The Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble offers a rare opportunity to hear works by student composers and their mentors for our 12-member jazz chamber orchestra at the same concert. The student composers, or “grasshoppers,” involved in this ambitious project come from two Portland metro area high schools, and from Portland Community College. With their professional mentors— PSU Jazz professor emeritus Charley Gray, Portland Youth Jazz Orchestra Co-Director Michelle Medler, and Mt. Hood Community College jazz instructor Ryan Meagher—each student has composed a new piece for the PJCE. All of these students have composed before, but not for a large professional ensemble, and the opportunity to do so represents a unique and monumental education opportunity. It’s a rare opportunity for the composers and listeners alike. www.pjce.org

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$25 - $30

Aaron Parks Trio (Late Show)

February 24 | 10:00 pm
Fremont Theater,
2393 NE Fremont Street
Portland, 97212
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NOTE: Show is now taking place at The Fremont Theater. All tickets previously purchased for this performance at Jimmy Mak’s will be honored.  Aaron Parks is a jazz piano virtuoso and rising young star from Seattle, Washington. Parks studied at the University of Washington at the age of 14 as a double major in computer science and music. At 15 he was selected to participate in the GRAMMY® High School Jazz Ensembles which inspired him to move to New York City and transfer to the Manhattan School of Music. During his final year he began touring with Terence Blanchard’s band, recording three albums with him for Blue Note Records, including the Grammy® Award-winning A Tale of God’s Will (A Requiem for Katrina). Parks has also toured with Kurt Rosenwinkel, plus he has recorded seven albums as a bandleader and dozens of credits as a sideman. He is also a member of James Farm,…

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$20 - $25

Hector Martignon: Mambo Para Colombia

February 25 | 4:00 pm
Classic Pianos,
3003 SE Milwaukie Ave.
Portland, OR 97202 United States
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While Colombian-born pianist Hector Martignon is famous for melding Latin culture into jazz, he has composed, orchestrated, produced, performed and recorded music in a wide spectrum of genres including classical, rock, pop and world music. He cut his teeth in the studio recording at age 18, playing on Mikis Theodorakis’s “Canto General”. His credits include numerous albums as a bandleader, two as co-leader, and work as a sideman on over a 100 albums as well as scores for three Broadway musicals and five feature films including arranging and performing on parts of Ang Lee’s Oscar Award-nominated movie Eat, Drink, Man, Woman. After several nominations as a sideman, two of his solo albums were nominated for Grammy® Awards in 2008 and 2010.  Along the way, Martignon has toured, recorded and/or collaborated with an array of stars in the music world including Max Roach, Paul Simon, Chicago, Arturo Sandoval, Randy Brecker, Rubén Blades, Paquito D’Rivera, Gato Barbieri, Steve Turre…

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Cameron Morgan (8-String Solo Guitar)

February 25 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
The Mark Spencer,
409 SW 11th Ave
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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Cameron mixes and merges many traditions of jazz and many forms of musicwith his 8 string guitar. He is a chameleon of sound and versatility. Latest recording is 19 Foot Trio – Into The Cosmos Vol I & II. Features Tim Lefebvre on bass, with Adam Gust on drums. http://19foot3.com

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Mary Kadderly

February 25 | 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
West Cafe,
1201 SW Jefferson St
Portland, OR 97201 United States
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$29 - $59

It’s Monk’s Time!: John Beasley Presents MONK’estra & T.S. Monk Sextet

February 25 | 7:00 pm
Revolution Hall,
1300 SE Stark Street
Portland, OR 97214 United States
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In celebration of Thelonious Monk’s 100th birthday, we present It’s Monk’s Time, an evening of music inspired by the legendary pianist and composer. MONK’estra, a 15-piece big band, will be paired with the T.S. Monk Sextet on a For Portland Only double bill. Grammy® & Emmy Award-nominated musician and conductor John Beasley presents MONK’estra, an innovative big band project that captures the spirit and eclecticism of Thelonious Monk’s singular music – the off-beat melodies and humor, strange beauty and unbounded swing – in fresh arrangements flavored with New Orleans spirit, hip-hop, Afro-Cuban rhythms and atmospheric colors. Beasley, a far-ranging pianist, composer, and arranger who has worked with Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Dianne Reeves, Steely Dan, Chaka Khan and James Brown, is one of the busiest and most versatile performers in jazz. He has led a expansive career that has balanced work as a bandleader, a first-call keyboardist, composer, and arranger for film and…

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LooseWig

February 25 | 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Al’s Den,
303 SW 12th Ave
Portland, OR 97205 United States
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loose • wig (n) – An exceptionally uninhibited performer; a way-out musician. One whose wig has flipped beyond the norm. (The Guinness Dictionary of Jazz) Greg Garrett’s latest iteration of Portland’s own notable “FourEyedHorns” horn section as heard with Soul Vaccination, Patrick Lamb, Body and Soul, the Chris Baum Project and other local groups includes Greg Garrett on trumpet, Stan Bock on trombone, Ben Fajen on tenor saxophone, and features Tim Gilson on bass, Tom Sandahl on guitar and Mike Snyder on drums. Also featuring special guests Cameron Morgan and Attila Csikos. This new group who call themselves LooseWig plans to flip YOUR wig beyond the norm! Come join us!

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